It seems that spring is finally here! I’m so glad that the world has thawed and daffodils are sprouting up in my front yard.
But along with all the good things that spring brings, there is also stress. Now that I’m no longer in school, spring doesn’t bring the same kind of busyness as it used to, but there’s still the desire to Get out and Do.
I want to get to the park several times a week to enjoy the weather & stay active, to find time to camp, and take a trip back to Fayetteville, to plan and execute a garden, to get out and explore more of our new city now that it’s not covered in snow.
But I don’t want to get so lost in the Going and Doing that I don’t stop to enjoy the work that God is doing in my life and in the world around me. This verse from Hosea seems really fitting for my life right now:Let us strive to know the LORD. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land. Hosea 6:3
This verse assures us that God is there, giving life to all things. He’s as sure as the rising sun, an amazing fact.
I find the second half of this verse especially beautiful. When we strive to know Him, He’ll come to us like spring rains. The rains that come down in torrents & renew the world. This is such a lovely promise.
If we strive to know Him, He’ll come. He’ll come in a downpour that changes everything.
So as the spring unfolds, I’d like to encourage you to not let the Doing keep you from Striving. Striving to know God better, and be changed by what you learn.
C.S. Lewis put it well in my favorite book of his, Till We Have Faces:“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from”
It’s my prayer for myself and for you that a deeper longing for Christ would be the sweetest thing that this spring brings.